Day School - What are you Looking At? Art Interpretation, some master pieces

Ref: C3530866

Curious about the significance of art? Ever wondered what you are looking at? Want to feel confident interpreting art and develop knowledge of its history and production? Looking at example from the History of Art, this workshop will explore the strategies, tools, vocabulary, and references to consider for effective art interpretation. Issues of basic facts, provenance, subject matter, style, materials, features, patronage, historical context and legacy will be covered. Important terms and art developments will be explained, along with illustrative examples. Exploring aspects of artworks, key movements, cultures and artists will be referred to and discussed. This is a chance to build a greater appreciation and understanding of the power of visual imagery; the art historical significance of works; and the subjective relevance of everything we see. Art Interpretation is for anyone who looks, and wants to see a bit more into the creation and importance of some masterpieces!

Additional information about this course

No fee remittance

Course aim

This workshop is for those who wish to develop confidence and knowledge in art interpretation, utilising analytical skills, art historical information and subjective appreciation. Suiting those with an interest in culture or simply visual imagery.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Understand what Art Interpretation is, using appropriate analysis, deconstruction, vocabulary and research.
  • Interpret art of various styles, techniques, periods, cultures and concepts.
  • Have a knowledge of art history spanning different periods, cultures and movements. Develop an interest in art, history and culture, which would lend itself to further reading, research, classes/talks and visits to museums, galleries, country estates and tourist/heritage sites.
  • Identify and analyse key artists and their work, developing appreciation and ideas of their significance.
  • Confidence in looking at visual imagery and creative products, interpreting them through analysis and discussion. Awareness of their materials, techniques, influences, associations, heritage, provenance, construction, dissemination, value, use, and cultural significance.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Day School - What are you Looking At? Art Interpretation, some master pieces

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This course is funded by the West of England Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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